In my quest for something else to divert or attract my attention disorder
I stumbled onto 3D photographs. I wanted to get a stereoscope and some pictures for the grandkids to enjoy during Christmas. I found a nice old one with a few cards on eBay. It is an 1896 model and had a bit of damage to the hood. Nothing serious, but it is being repaired. The old bent wood was cracked and broken on one side so it is getting made NEW.
This led me to snooping for stereographs online. There are LOTS! Much fun to look at too. Then I discovered a free program that will make the cards! Stereophotomaker.exe I think it is. Seems to work great. THEN I discovered an instruction for taking the pictures with a plain camera. Simply take a picture and move the camera slightly to the right and take another. The software will then help you adjust it all and print a card. For free!
This is a very crude first attempt, but it seems to work. I just snapped a couple of pics, fed them to the software and printed a card. Here's the pic. Close pics need only a tiny amount of 'movement' of the camera, but I'm thinking that this will be great for photographing layouts. Adding depth to the shots is neat. (this can be viewed 'cross-eyed' to see the 3D effect) Look at the pic fairly close, in focus, then cross your eyes and adjust until you see one 3D image. Some people can do this easily, others can't do it at all. Lucky for me, I can do it. (for this image, on my 15" laptop screen, I need to view it about 12" from the screen)
The software is here:http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/